Gravett’s latest is a charmingly simple picture book that showcases her illustrations. The featured character in the book is a chameleon who is feeling blue because he is lonely. So he sets off to find a friend. As he meets different objects and animals, his color changes to mimic theirs. He turns yellow like the banana. He turns pink like the cockatoo. He even turns spotty like a ball and striped like a sock. But he just can’t find a friend. As he mopes gray on a rock and then disappears white against the page, he finally finds a friend who is just as colorful as he is.
Gravett has created a book about colors where the colors are a vital part of the story being told, making it very different than some picture books about colors that don’t read nearly as naturally. Adding to the appeal is the emotive chameleon himself and his attempts at making friends. Children will get the humor of the situation, love the moment he begins to show patterns, and also will relate to making friends.
Gravett’s illustrations and text work well together. The bulk of the text is just the color and the object the chameleon is interacting with. The chameleon also makes friendly comments to the potential friends, adding a welcome touch of more humor to the title. The illustrations are bright, large and will work equally well with groups or reading to one child.
Highly recommended for any library’s colorful shelves, this book will be enjoyed by any preschooler or toddler. Appropriate for ages 2-4.
Reviewed from copy received from Simon & Schuster.
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